Durango, Colorado: Lincoln Deathbed Hair and Moon Heartbeat

Eclectic-but-serious personal museum includes hair from Lincoln's deathbed and an EKG of Neil Armstrong's heartbeat as he stepped on the moon.

R. H. Crossland Foundation Historical Museum

Address:
835 Main Ave., Durango, CO
Directions:
R. H. Crossland Foundation Historical Museum. In the Main Ave. Mall. Downtown, between 8th and 9th Sts, about three blocks north of the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Train Depot. A bronze statue of an old cowboy and his dog is in front of the mall. The museum is on the first floor, to the right (north), in Suite 108.
Hours:
M-F 9-4 (Call for appt) (Call to verify)
Phone:
970-259-2921
Admission:
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EKG from moonwalk.

Neil Armstrong's "One Small Step" Heartbeat

Rusty Crossland has spent over three decades collecting interesting historical artifacts, which can be viewed at the R. H. Crossland Foundation Historical Museum, which is named for Rusty's father. There are amazing things in this museum. A very old baseball (small, purple and looks like a beet), the "most-documented fragment hair from Abraham Lincolns death bed," and a requisition book from the 1850s that West Point superintendent Robert E. Lee had to sign (or initial) when new socks or underwear were needed for the cadets.

My favorite is the actual EKG recording of Neil Armstrong's heartbeat as he took humankind's first step on the Moon. Rusty told me that a cardiologist looked at the recording and determined that it was "150 beats per minute."

[John Takao Collier, 07/13/2016]
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